Natural Disasters, GDLN WB Sector program


Event details


Date & time

Tuesday 27 April 2010


Sydney, Timor Leste GDLN centre, PNG GDLN centre




Liz Ingram
0404 487 135

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Chris is a Senior Transport Specialist based in the World Bank’s Sydney office. He has worked on transport infrastructure projects throughout Asia, the South Caucasus and the Pacific Islands. He has a strong interest in the social and environmental impact of development.

Amalia is the Senior Advisor, Policy and Learning at Plan International Australia. She has focused on children’s rights and their protection in disasters for the past 10 years. She has worked for various agencies in a child protection in emergencies capacity and has been deployed to disasters in the Asia-Pacific region. Amalia has an MA from Yale in African Studies and an MSc from Oxford in Forced Migration and Refugee Studies. She also worked as a primary school teacher in Tanzania, but now lives and works in Melbourne.

Jon is the Director of the Humanitarian Emergency Response Section at the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).

Natural disasters happen sooner or later. Chris will look at what experience has shown us in terms of it being much better to take actions in advance of the disaster to help minimise and mitigate its effects, than to wait for the impact and then repair the damage. The key is effective risk management and with the support of donors, island nations should be looking at how they can put in place the institutional and operational frameworks for addressing natural disasters.

Amalia will focus on the role of children in natural disasters. Children are among the most vulnerable in an emergency but also have an astounding capacity for resilience. To best respond to their particular circumstances in emergencies it is essential to acknowledge both their right to protection and their capacity to be involved in the recovery process. Amalia will highlight the particular impact of disasters on children as well as the strength children bring if their participation in recovery is facilitated.

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